I thought I spotted a bunch of tennis balls in an unlikely place at the bottom of the Shelley Lake Dam from a distance.
A closer look made me realize they were strange seed pods which were actually a little larger than a tennis ball. Above is one fairly intact and below is the inside of one.
Looking online, I'm pretty sure I identified the seed pod as belonging to an osage orange tree. My best guess is the tree below is the one that dropped the pods.
The two trees below were also in the vicinity but neither fit the pictures online, and although the tree above wasn't a perfect fit it was closer.
I spotted a lone seagull arriving at Shelley Lake. For some reason they leave in the spring and return in the winter. I have shots of seagulls on snow topped roofs and on frozen parts of the lake in winter but rarely see them around town in the summer.
The oak trees in front of my house are finally getting their fall colors which means we will soon head into winter as the oaks are the last to change here.
I am continuing to go on frequent photo walks at Shelley Lake. My daughter and I walked there while she was home for a visit this weekend.
It's a great time of the year for walking, especially since I handle chilly air a lot better than heat.
We're in layered clothes weather. I start off needing a jacket but peel down before I get around the lake.
I love the upside down colors of trees in the lake. Soon the evergreens will provide most of the color.
We have been having some absolutely gorgeous days with the vivid blue background for the fall foliage.
The woods are alight with color which always catches my eye. It's almost like sunshine with the golds and yellows.
There is almost every stage in terms of the trees at this point from bare to sparse to full of color.
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